Wow! I don't think anyone saw this coming....
In her new memoir, journalist Katie Couric admitted to editing comments made by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her 2016 interview regarding the national anthem kneelers.
In the original interview, Ginsburg criticized the anthem protestors, calling them "dumb and disrespectful." However, Couric admitted to omitting parts that she felt were problematic, like when RGB said that the protestors were showing “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.”
Ginsburg added, “Which they probably could not have lived in the places they came from…as they became older they realize that this was youthful folly. And that’s why education is important.”
As the Daily Mail noted, the 64-year-old Couric admitted in her memoir that she believed the then-83-year-old just was too “elderly and probably didn’t fully understand the question.” Couric further described her struggle with putting her journalistic integrity over “personal politics,” saying she faced a “conundrum” when it came to the celebrated feminist Justice, believing that her comments were “unworthy of a crusader for equality.”
Shortly after the interview, Couric received a call from the head of public affairs for the Supreme Court asking that her remarks about the anthem protesters be removed from the story, claiming that she misspoke. David Westin, former head of ABC News, advised Couric to keep Ginsburg’s comments in the report while New York Times journalist David Brooks told Couric that Ginsburg likely did not understand the question. Couric ultimately compromised and included a censored version of the justice’s comments.
Saying she “lost a lot of sleep over this one,” Couric still wonders if she made the right decision, asserting that she “wanted to protect” the justice over an issue that might have been a “blind spot” for her.
Or, hear me out, perhaps Ginsburg wasn't as liberal as she was made out to be. This is one of the very few things I have found common ground with the late justice. It makes me wonder how many other things were skewed to make sure her image was maintained.
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